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Disabled people entitled to free driving lessons

a driver holding a learner plate sign outside a car window
a driver holding a learner plate sign outside a car window Image credit: drivethrul.co.uk

Most disabled drivers are aware of the excellent services provided on the Motability scheme which helps people afford new quality cars covering additional costs such as insurance and breakdown assistance.

But, what they may not be aware of, is that the charity also offers 40 hours worth of free driving lessons.

The Motability Driving Lessons Grant Programme is currently prioritising people with disabilities who are keen to get behind the wheel.

To qualify for the service you need to be

 

In receipt of one of these disability allowances:

Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP

Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance

Higher Rate Mobility Component of Child Disability Payment

War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement

Armed Forces Independence Payment

Receive a Government assessed means-tested benefit, including:

Universal Credit

Income Support

Employment and Support Allowance (income-related)

Job Seekers Allowance (income-based)

Housing Benefit

Council Tax Benefit (Council Tax Support, Council Tax Reduction)

Pension Guarantee Credit

Working Tax Credit

Child Tax Credit

 

If you fall into both categories and have a current lease agreement on the Motability Scheme or have a pending application for a vehicle on the Motability Scheme, with an agreed date to when you will take delivery of the vehicle within the next four weeks, you should be eligible for free driving lessons.

The Motability website states: “All grant applications are means-tested to ensure Motability supports those most in need of a charitable grant and help as many beneficiaries as possible with the charitable funds available.

“This means we will look at your financial situation to determine if we are able to provide a grant towards your lessons.”

The average driving lesson costs around £31.15.